Onterrio Smith NFL Bio

The official NFL draft bio for the Vikings' fourth-round draft pick, running back Onterrio Smith.

Onterrio Smith
University of Oregon Ducks
Sacramento, California

Compactly built runner with a solid upper body frame...Very quick coming out of his stance, getting into top speed immediately...Quite sudden in his movements, gaining advantage over the defender with his juking moves...Has great field vision, easily spotting blockers downfield and seeing the rush lanes, running through the holes with awareness...Picks and slides through the inside holes at a low pad level...Changes his angles properly to reach the outside corner when the inside rush lanes are clogged...Displays fluid lateral agility and the balance to spin, plant and drive with no hesitation in order to gain additional yardage upfield...Explosive runner with the wiggle and hip swerve to break tackles down and make defenders miss...Very quick to get on the edge to outrun the pack...Sees threats well and reacts instantly when the initial rush lane is clogged... Shows surprising power in his leg drive and is capable of moving the pile…Outstanding big-play runner who originally began his career at the University of Tennessee…Transferred to Oregon in 2000, sharing the running duties with Maurice Morris as a sophomore before becoming the Ducks' featured back in 2002…Gained 2199 yards with 19 touchdowns on 419 carries (5.2 avg), ranking seventh on the school's all-time rushing list…Joined Morris (2000-2001) as the only players in Oregon annals to rush for over 1000 yards twice in a career…Added 149 yards and a pair of scores on 24 catches (6.2 avg) and 534 yards with a touchdown on 20 kickoff returns (26.7 avg)…Averaged 131.0 all-purpose yards per game as a Duck…Gained 2388 yards on 450 attempts, including 23 touchdowns during his entire collegiate career.

All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection and team Most Valuable Player…Ranked second in the conference and 14th in the nation in rushing, averaging 133.7 yards per game…Became only the fourth running back in school annals to earn first-team All-Pac 10 honors…Played in ten games, leading the team with 244 carries for 1141 yards (4.7 avg) and 12 touchdowns…His 1141 yards rank sixth on the school's season-record list…Made 13 catches for 78 yards (6.0 avg) and returned seven kickoffs for 175 yards (25.0 avg)… Averaged 139.4 all-purpose yards per game…Ran for over 100 yards in each of his first seven games.

Mississippi State…Gained 124 yards on 28 carries and had a 20-yard reception.
Fresno State…Rushed 35 times for 124 yards with two 2-yard touchdowns and totaled 17 yards on 2 catches.
Idaho…Rushed 18 times for 104 yards and scores of 3, 3 & 6 yards.
Portland State…Amassed 115 yards on 21 rushes, including 25 & 3-yard touchdowns.
UCLA…Ran 25 times for 152 yards, as he also made 2 catches for 21 yards.
Arizona State…Totaled a season-high 172 yards on 27 carries with 57, 1 & 5-yard scores and returned 2 kickoffs for 31 yards.
Southern California…Carried 19 times for 79 yards and returned 5 kickoffs for 144 yards, including a 55-yarder.
Washington State…Gained 64 yards on 25 carries.
Wake Forest (Seattle Bowl)…Rushed for 62 yards on 18 carries.

All-Pac 10 Conference second-team choice as both a running back and kickoff returner… Recipient of the Len Casanova Award, given to the team's top newcomer…Named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week vs. Washington State…Played in every game, starting the Washington State contest as he shared playing time with Maurice Morris…The duo became the first tandem in school history to both gain over 1000 yards rushing in the same season, as Onterrio led the team with 175 carries for 1058 yards (6.0 avg) and seven touchdowns…Added 71 yards and two scores on eleven catches (6.5 avg) and had 13 kickoff returns for 359 yards (27.6 avg) and a touchdown.

Wisconsin…Ran 8 times for 88 yards and 2 kickoff returns for 42 yards.
Utah State…Rushed 15 times for 98 yards and a 4-yard score.
Arizona…Gained 131 yards on 15 carries with 1 & 5-yard touchdowns and returned 3 kickoffs for 57 yards.
Stanford…Carried 7 times for 62 yards and returned 3 kickoffs for 147 yards, including a 96-yard touchdown.
Washington State…Had a career-high 285 yards on 26 rushes with 8, 41 & 22-yard touchdowns and returned 3 kickoffs for 57 yards…His 285 yards topped the previous school game-record of 249 yards by Bobby Moore vs. Utah in 1971.
Arizona State…Totaled 152 yards on 36 carries and caught 3 passes for 43 yards with a 22-yard score.
Colorado (Fiesta Bowl)…Rushed 14 times for 51 yards, caught a 6-yard pass for a score and returned a kickoff 21 yards.

Sat out the year under NCAA transfer rules, competing on Oregon's scout team.

Saw action in eight games as a reserve halfback at the University of Tennessee…Carried 31 times for 189 yards (6.1 avg) and four touchdowns…Caught two passes for 25 yards (12.5 avg) and a score.

South Carolina…Scored on a 24-yard reception.
Kentucky…Rushed 10 times for 82 yards with 2 & 61-yard touchdowns.
Vanderbilt…Gained another 82 yards on 14 carries, including scores of 7 & 51 yards.

4.49 in the 40-yard dash…35.5-inch vertical jump…Bench presses 225 pounds 18 times.

Attended Grant (Sacramento, Cal.) High…Super Prep All-American and two-time All-State pick…Set single-season school records with 3154 rushing yards and 60 touchdowns (53 rushing) as a senior and led the team to a 10-1-1 ledger…Also established career marks with 6123 yards rushing and 99 scores…Posted single-game rushing best of 373 yards against Yuma City, and claimed six touchdowns in three different games…The 1998 All-City Offensive Player of the Year and league MVP also started two years at defensive back, recording 74 tackles and four fumbles his last season.

General Studies major…Has a daughter, Onterria…Son of Terri Johnson and Raymond Smith…Born Onterrio Raymond Lloyd Smith on 12/08/80 in Sacramento, California.

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